The Special Olympics movement is distinct in its vision to empower all people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential and develop their skills through year-round sports training and competition.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 170 million people, or three percent of the world's population, have intellectual disabilities—the largest disability population in the world. Intellectual disability knows no boundaries. It cuts across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic backgrounds, and it can occur in any family. Beginning at age 8, anyone with an intellectual disability can participate in Special Olympics.
Within Special Olympics Indiana – Huntington County our focus is the growth of our programs so that we can better serve our existing athletes and reach out to those athletes who have not yet had an opportunity to participate locally in Special Olympics. While we currently serve over 80 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, we still reach only a fraction of the number of eligible athletes in the county.
It is estimated that in Huntington County there are over 900 individuals who are eligible for participation